Guard in 'gongfu' fight sent for counselling

Guard in 'gongfu' fight sent for counselling
The peddler turned aggressive and attacked the guard, who has a black belt in taekwondo, forcing him to act in self-defence, said the management of the security company.

Yesterday, Reachfield Security and Safety Management general manager Grace Lim shed light on last Friday's incident.

The guard, she said, had tried to stop a man from selling keychains at The Cathay's Open Plaza on Handy Road.


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According to the Shin Min Daily News on Tuesday, Ms Grace lim has denied that the 38-year-old guard, known as Mr Mak, had been given the sack.

Ms Lim, said she had suspended Mr Mak from duty at The Cathay, to prevent any future altercations with the youth.

She stressed that the company does not condone his behaviour, and are currently investigating the case. According to Ms Lim, it is the first time that Mr Mak has got into a fight while on the job. 

A spokesperson from The Cathay told reporters that it will review its work procedure with the security company.

According to an earlier report by the Chinese evening daily, the guard had resigned voluntarily after being in a scuffle with the youth.

The scuffle between the two men outside The Cathay at Handy Road was caught on video and uploaded on Facebook. In the 40-second clip, a middle-aged man wearing a long-sleeved shirt can be seen trading blows with a youth wearing a grey T-shirt and shorts.

According to sources unnamed by the paper, the young man was believed to have been hawking keychains illegally outside the mall, which led to the confrontation with the security guard.

However, when the reporter requested to speak to the security guard to find out more, the management of The Cathay said the man had resigned of his own accord that evening after the fight.

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